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Denton County Salvation Army assistance programs.

When facing a crisis, Salvation Army Denton based centers may be able to help. The locations have very limited resources available, but they can be effective at providing referrals to other government benefits or resources in the greater Denton County region. They will also have seasonal type programs, such as for Christmas meals, or basic needs, including free food and shelter.

Trying to meet so called human needs is a main objective of the non-profit. This will include such services as providing food from a pantry or meals from soup kitchens. Other basic needs addressed will include providing shelter or helping with clothing requests for work reasons. The Salvation Army across Denton County relies on donations and volunteers to keep these programs running.

The so called feeding and clothing resources are for the working poor that have a crisis and no other options available. Depending on donation levels, there may be several days’ worth of items provided. Children as well as senior citizens from the county and northern Texas are also a priority.

The pantries also tend to be client choice, meaning individuals can acquire only what they need. This can also cut down on waste. There may be fresh fruits, foods, canned vegetables, and other items distributed. In some cases more specialized food, such as baby formula, can be provided.

On the other hand, clothing banks in Denton County can have work or school clothing for children. So someone who is attending a job interview may be able to pick up a gently used coat or slacks for the event. There may be some local, back to school supply programs in the region as well. The corps centers in Denton will play a key role in referring or organizing these services.

There are places to turn to for free Thanksgiving meals or Christmas gifts and toys. The case managers from the Salvation Army help organize these assistance programs, and examples can be Angel Tree or Adopt a Family.

Most of them are targeted at children, infants, and teens from low income families. They may receive toys, games, presents, and more to help them experience joy at Christmas. The entire family may receive a box of food for preparing a holiday meal.

Other support is usually offered at this time of year as well. There may also be free home delivery of holiday meals to home-bound seniors, the disabled or elderly in the region. Volunteers, partnering with the Salvation Army of Denton, will often provide this.





Seasonal programs are run by the centers. During the hot Texas summer, there is a summer heat relief service, which may be free fans or the placement of people (especially the at risk elderly) into cool centers or shelters. There are also summer day camps for the youth, the project tomorrow scholarship program, and several others.

Housing, rent and shelter needs may be addressed too. While funds for paying a portion of a rent expense are rare, the organization may have information on local shelters or transitional housing sites. This can provide a place for people to stay while they work towards self-sufficiency and stability. For example, Salvation Army Denton County case managers will partner with guest on educational, job training, and counseling. The goal is to stabilize the person and help them address lack of housing.

As noted, any type of financial assistance from the charity is limited. When funds are offered, it will be as a last resort and for people facing a onetime crisis. It is not for individuals with chronic financial struggles. There may be cash assistance for paying energy bills to stop a disconnection. Or one time, emergency rental help may be offered too. Other possible solutions in Denton County can include vouchers for medications or referrals to public benefits.

When seeking help for any needs, be prepared with proof of hardship, income, and identification, among other conditions. Case management is also generally required too. As noted, all assistance is very limited. If agency can’t help, then referrals may be provided. The primary centers are as follows.

Apply for assistance and free stuff from Denton County Salvation Army

The main location for assistance, or referrals, is at 1508 East McKinney Street, Denton, Texas 76209. Call (940) 566-3800.

By Jon McNamara

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